Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

David S Perry

Bakersfield, California

August 10, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
36 Army SSG

649th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard

Camp San Luis Obispo, California

Baquabah, Iraq.   Perry was inspecting a suspicious package when it exploded and fatally injured him.
AP News

As a prison guard at Wasco State Prison in California, David S. Perry was respected not only by his colleagues but by inmates as well, his supervisor said.

"He was consistent. He utilized his military ability to be very fair but firm with the inmates and very supportive with the staff," Lt. Troy Ojeda said.

A military policeman whose parents lived in Bend at the time of his death, Perry was killed in Baqouba, Iraq, on Aug. 10 when a package dropped off at police headquarters exploded. He is survived by a wife and three children -- ages 1, 4 and 6.

His mother, Sharon, said Perry enlisted in the Army after high school and later joined the National Guard.

"It was his calling," she said. "He absolutely loved being a military policeman."

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